Friday, March 3, 2017

Working with Thin Cuts

Since this March's Cut It Out Special is a sale on our Thin Cuts metal dies, I want to take a few moments to show how these are used.

First, you'll need a die cutting machine such as Cuttlebug, Big Shot or an older Sizzix.

There are two sides of each die. The front side is flat and sticks to the magnet (included with your die). The image is what you will see after cutting: the word is readable or the die/cut shape matches the stamp shape. The back side is the cutting side.

Follow the directions for your machine to make a "sandwich" of pad(s), paper and Thin Cuts. In general, your paper is between the cutting pad and the back (cutting) side of the die.

For this set up, use shims,
 such as cardboard, to
achieve sufficient pressure to cut.

You can cut multiple layers and use multiple Thin Cuts at one time.

For cutting multiple pieces of paper, you may need to run your sandwich through a Cuttlebug more than once. When you cut more than one Thin Cut at a time, make sure you have a little space between each die. If you have issues with dies moving around too much, consider a magnetic pad for your machine for use Washi tape to hold the die in place.

For words and outline shapes, use your Paper Piercer to remove the shape from the Thin Cuts die.

Post your Thin Cuts questions and comments below!!